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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Returning To Our Winter Home

After a good summer in Wyoming, it's great to be back in the Arizona desert! 

We traveled for two weeks on our return trip from Pinedale, Wyoming to Tucson, Arizona... many miles, and great visits with family and friends. 

This is quite a long post, with many photos... 

The motorhome backed out and ready to roll!
 After some cold temps the last week before leaving the campground, down to 18 degrees one night, the weather was clear and and we were ready to depart on Monday, October 2nd.
A "thumbs up," and goodbye to Warren Bridge Campground!

After dropping off the keys and our summer supplies at the BLM office, we hit the road. Good traveling until west of Laramie, and then we drove for a couple of hours in snow! 

Turned to rain by the time we got near Ft. Collins, Colorado. The drive and poor weather conditions were worth it for a bit of time with son, Loren! We parked at the Elk's Lodge, and Loren came for a visit and, of course, breakfast burritos! 

Next stop was North 
Platte, Nebraska! Time to catch up with our youngest son, Ryan, and his family there. And, to meet our new grand-daughter! We had a wonderful visit, and sure wish we could all be together more often!

Our first morning there, Ryan came by with the three youngest while Kate was at work and Lucy was in school. Little airplanes were a hit! 

Adorable granddaughter, Zelie! 
Ignatius, Lucy, Obie... baby Zelie held by Ryan
Putting together airplanes with Grandpa

Fun visit and lunch with Kate & Ryan, while older two in school!

It was soon time to say goodbye and head south to Rexford, Kansas for a visit with Tom's aunt and cousin there! We had good visits and meals together... thanks to all for the meals and hospitality!
Tom and Joan
Sharla & Dwight

Tom and Sharla... special cousins!
From Kansas, we headed to Colorado Springs for some time with daughter, Kayla. We parked at the Elk's Lodge, and went back and forth to Kayla & Weston's house... enjoyed a nice dinner there our first night in town. One day, Kayla and Tom worked on some home projects, and we went to an early dinner with Kayla one evening while Weston was at work... didn't get much time with him, sadly, due to all our schedules. 
Have enjoyed time in the kitchen with Kayla since she was just a little girl!

Weston... this is a necklace he made.
He does some beautiful work!

Having some good German food at Edelweiss.

A bit more snow while in Colorado Springs, and we continued south to Roswell, New Mexico... finally out of cold and snow! We parked at the Elk's Lodge in Roswell, and visited with several friends there! 
Fun to see "Dan's Shop"

Dan & Barbara were our across-the-road neighbors for our four years in Roswell, 2008-2012... and for several years I worked for them at Family Furniture. Fun to visit and catch up a bit... thanks for lunch, and for returning the Christmas Cactus and yard art you had saved for us!

Rockhounding buddies, Tom and Jeri :)
Enjoyed an evening visit and dinner with Jeri! She hates photos... thanks for indulging me, Jeri! Really good to catch up after all this time, and Tom is thrilled to have back the lapidary equipment he had donated to the rockhounding club when we left town in 2012. Thought someone might need it, but guess it was supposed to return to him :) Plus, an additional saw... we were loaded down returning home!

Music festival buddies... Dianne, Tom, Bill, Nancy

Always a good time 
with Nancy & Bill... our summers in Wyoming keep us from the music festivals with them that we have so enjoyed in the past.
Again, one day! 

We made one last stop... this time in Midland, Texas with Tom's brother, Rob, and his family. Just couldn't figure a time we would be any closer, and it had been way too long since we were together... so good to see everyone, and "meet" Rae's son, Aiden. We parked at a nearby rv park and ran back and forth daily... delicious enchiladas by Sydney our first evening! The next day started off with breakfast burritos, a deli meat/cheese lunch, and fabulous smoked ribs for dinner! We never cooked while in Midland... we were treated royally! Thanks, y'all!
Tom and Rob... brothers together again, and always fun!

Rae, and her son, Aiden, Sydney, Athena... special nieces!

Breakfast before saying goodbye... Aiden, Rae, Sydney, Athena,
Dianne, Tom, Rob, Rebecca. Special time together!

Our drive from Midland to Tucson included a stop in a rest area just west of Deming, NM to sleep. Headed on home early the next morning, and arrived to blue skies and warm temps... so beautiful back in the desert! 
The beautiful, welcoming view from our back yard!!!
A couple of "oh, dears" to deal with upon our arrival... our kitchen refrigerator had quit working. Because we had no food stored in it while away, it was no loss. We called a repairman who had it up and running again that afternoon! Also, we knew there was a problem with our air conditioning thermostat, and had had a friend turn it off back in early July. When we turned it on again, found that no air was blowing. The same man who fixed the fridge looked at the A/C unit and found that the blower fan was broken... don't know all the technical terms... Tom and he took care of that :) But, I can tell you that it was a bit warm in our house! Expected it might be a week of discomfort, as we unloaded our motorhome and settled in again... pleasantly surprised when he called the next day to say he found all needed parts locally, and we were up and running that second evening! Hallelujah! 

So grateful to Carol & Jeff for having us to dinner after a busy day of unloading the rig and getting settled in our home again! Thank you, friends!

October finished out with getting organized, lots of time sitting on our patio and taking in the views and soaking up the warm weather! Tom began the project to partially enclose our carport... materials delivered and a great start!

Will be wonderful when completed... added privacy and shade! Once that's done, on to the fence project!

And, finally... on Monday, October 30th... Anna, and her 9-year-old son, Viggo, arrived from Sweden! For those who don't know, Anna was an exchange student with our family in Fallbrook, CA in 1988. Nathalie, from the Netherlands, was with us for the entire school year 1987-88, and Anna joined us for the spring semester. Both girls returned in 1990 for Brian's high school graduation, and moved with us to Colorado, staying into the summer. Nathalie and her finance, Wybren, visited in 2001, but I had not seen Anna since 1990. 

Anna and Viggo @ Pima Air & Space Museum
Anna and Nathalie have given me a card of inspirational words that are convincing me and Tom that it's time to begin making plans to visit their homes and families! 
It WILL happen!💗💗

It's been wonderful to be with Anna again after all these years! There has been much catching up this week... visiting, looking at old photo albums, tapping her Ikea decorating expertize, touring, etc.! 
Dianne and Anna. Staying connected is a wonderful thing!

Viggo carved a pumpkin with Tom and went trick-or-treating, U.S. style at a few of our neighbors' homes, and a nearby a "Trunk Or Treat" event at a nearby church!  

Silly Tom and Viggo
Anna and Dianne... hearts don't forget!

Taco Time!
Then it was time to wash the rental car and say goodbye :(

Thank you, dear sweet Anna and Viggo, for taking the time to come and visit us! We look forward to visiting Sweden and meeting Johan and Max one day, also! 💕💕 
****Be ready, Nathalie, Wybren, Sarah and Bram, also!💕💕

Be well, everyone!

Fondly, Dianne & Tom

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Summer in Wyoming Comes To An End

Well, another summer at Warren Bridge Campground in Wyoming has come to an end and it's time to move south again... until next year!
         The desert is calling, and we must go!!! 

To review September... 

After the Labor Day weekend, Kathleen & Mike got on their way... we had enjoyed a good long visit with them and were glad that they had this place to be while Mike was recuperating from an illness that hit him while on the road. We enjoyed them being with us for the eclipse, along with the others that were here... such a fun time!, and it was good to have this nice long time together as "neighbors." Look forward to our next time together!

Then, it was fun to have Dori & Ken visit for a few days! They did a bit of sightseeing and we had visits in between... a meal together, and a great time catching up. Thank you for stopping in... look forward to time together in Tucson this winter!

We took a day in mid-September for a road trip to a Wyoming area we had not previously visited. Headed out early one morning, and were fortunate to come upon some Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the Hoback Canyon.

Then on to Afton. Had read about the "Intermittent Spring" there, so followed the instructions to a parking area about four miles east of town. It was a beautiful day for a drive, and the short hike was most enjoyable! The spring was running full, so no surging, but beautiful. And, nice to be out in a new area. 

Fun to watch this dad fishing with his daughters!

Back in Afton, we had lunch at Rocky Mountain Seafood, and visited Star Valley Chocolates. Was a nice day!!!

Mary Jane & Tom returned for one night before moving on, and we had a good visit and dinner at Wind River Brewing Company in Pinedale. Their timing was just right to get out of here before winter arrived! Thanks for our gifts :), and we look forward to seeing you both this winter, also!

And, winter did arrive! Temperatures dropped, and soon there was rain and a bit of snow. But, the campground kept busy with an average of nine campsites occupied each night! Sometimes we felt guilty to be comfortable in our motorhome, with heat and running water, when others were in tents and sleeping in their vehicles, but... choices and adventures come in many forms.

We have mentioned before about enjoying the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables delivered weekly to Pinedale by the Produce Peddler of Mack, Colorado. Leah & Zay showed up every week, all summer long, and we SO appreciate them making the long trip weekly! This makes a huge difference for us and others who care about healthy food! We get to Jackson for groceries every few weeks, but nothing can compare with good, fresh produce! Thank you, both, for your dedication to good food! See you again next summer!

😜On the light side... kids DO say the darnedest things! 
One evening as Tom was delivering some firewood to a young couple with two small boys, the older of the two boys (maybe about seven years old), has some questions. The conversation went something like this...

Little Boy:  "Hey, is that a bionic leg?" 
Tom:          "No, its called a prosthetic leg."
Little Boy:  "What happened?"
Tom:          "I had an accident. Do you want to see it?"
Little Boy:  "Yeah!"  
          (Tom shows him)
Little Boy:  "So, how fast does your ATV go?"

😜    😜    😜    😜    😜    😜    😜

Interesting how quickly summer turned to winter around mid-September, with colder temps, rain and snow! We began with snow in May, and now we end with snow again here at the end of September! Summer is short in Wyoming!

Luckily, the sun returned for a few days! Such beauty!
Maggie enjoyed a few more walks to the river with us!

But, cold, rainy weather has returned as we end the season and prepare to close the campground and hit the road.  Tomorrow is our last day here... just a few details yet to attend to and finish up. We are packed and will be ready to roll Monday morning! 

We give thanks for a wonderful summer and adventures ahead, remaining mindful of those suffering, dealing with loss, with health issues and disasters, and troubling situations of all sorts... in our country, and around the world. We celebrate our many blessings as we keep good thoughts for those in need, and do what we can to promote love, kindness, acceptance of diversity and truth! 

We have a number of stops to make for visits with family and friends before returning to Tucson mid-October. So looking forward to time with all along our route! And, we look forward to returning to our Tucson home for winter in the desert!             

Be well, everyone! Dianne & Tom

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." - Mother Teresa